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The main takeaways from the Meta Connect keynote 2023

The Ghost Howls

The keynote of Meta Connect 2023 finished a few instants ago, and if you follow me on social media, you know that I’ve not been enthusiastic about it, to say the least. But let’s anyway analyze together what have been the most important pieces of news we got from it! IMHO this #MetaConnect2023 keynote was the worst ever, with no surprise announcement, and with AI totally stealing the spotlight from XR #VirtualReality #Meta pic.twitter.com/z0M4CG0MhF — TonyVT SkarredGhost (@Skar

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Hands-on: Quest 3 is an Impressive Leap That’s Still Held Back by Software Struggles

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Quest 3 is an impressive leap in hardware, especially in the visual department, but it continues Meta’s tradition of building great hardware that feels held back by its software. Update (September 27th, 2023): Fixed the link to the second page at the bottom of this page. After months of teasing and leaks, Quest 3 is finally, officially, fully announced.

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Tokyo Game Show VR 2023 feels like a magical trip to a fantasy Japanese fair

The Ghost Howls

The Tokyo Game Show, one of the most important gaming events in the world, is happening these days. Like the past 2 years, there is also a digital edition of it that lets you enter into a virtual world dedicated to the event, and that is also accessible in virtual reality. This space was designed and developed by the Japanese company Ambr , which has its own “metaverse platform” called xambr.

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Qualcomm Sets a New High Water Mark in XR Capabilities

AR Insider

Qualcomm announced its next wave of chips, purpose-built for AR and VR devices. Unveiled from the stage at Meta Connect, this one-two punch includes the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 and Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. For example, even a simple phrase like “got milk” translates to “are you lactating” in Mexico. Can you imagine what a straight translation might do to your course? With over 317 million people in the US and over 6.7 billion potential customers in the world, personalizing training seems logical.

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Meta Will Bring ‘Augments’ to Quest 3, Persistent Mini-apps That Live in Your Room

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today at Connect, the company’s annual XR developer conference, that it’s going to launch a set of mixed reality mini-apps on Quest 3 that you can stick anywhere in your house. Relying on Quest 3’s room-mapping capabilities, the so-called ‘augments’ are due to launch sometime next year on Meta’s newly fully unveiled mixed reality headset , bringing what the company calls “interactive, spatially aware digital objects tha

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LEGO Mixed Reality Game Coming to Quest 3 December 7th

Road to VR

Meta announced at its Connect developer conference today that LEGO is releasing a mixed reality game for Quest 3, named LEGO Bricktales. The blocky puzzle game essentially puts you in front of a number of diorama biomes, which were crafted brick by brick. “Your journey will take you to the deepest jungle, sun-drenched deserts, a bustling city corner, a towering medieval castle, and tropical Caribbean islands,” Meta says in an announcement.

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Reality Bytes: YouTube, Epic Games & ChatGPT

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This week on Reality Bytes, we go to court with Fortnite, generate our AI dreams with YouTube’s new tool, and listen to ChatGPT’s new voice. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta Unveils Quest 3 Pre-orders, Release Date, Specs & More

Road to VR

At Connect 2023 today, Meta released the long-awaited info drop for Quest 3, its first mixed reality headset for consumers, which includes specs, price, online pre-orders, launch date and more. Here’s the main bits: Note : Make sure to check out our detailed hands-on with Quest 3 , diving into everything from comfort to clarity. Quest 3 is officially now available for pre-order, with shipping slated to start on October 10th, 2023.

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Meta Quest 3 Ships October 10, Pre-Orders Now Live With 128GB & 512GB Options

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Meta Quest 3 ships October 10, starting at $500 for a 128GB base model and $650 for a higher storage 512GB model. First revealed by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in June , Meta revealed more Quest 3 details during today's opening keynote at its annual Connect conference and announced that pre-orders for the headset are now live. Quest 3 will be available for purchase on the Meta Store in 23 countries.

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How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

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Quest Store Revenue Reaches $2 Billion, But Momentum Has Slowed Over the Last Year

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Coming alongside the big Quest 3 info dump today at Connect 2023, Meta revealed that Quest Store games and apps have generated over $2 billion in revenue. While the store is still earning for developers, looking at revenue over time shows that things have cooled off over the last year. Meta’s Head of Developer Relations Melissa Brown announced the figure on stage, further noting that 100+ new and upgraded titles are coming to the Quest Store before the year’s end, more than half of w

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Quest 3 Is The First Headset With Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 - But It Isn't Exclusive

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Quest 3 is the first headset to feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipset. The original XR2 Gen 1 is used in almost all standalone headsets, such as Quest 2, Pico 4, Vive XR Elite, and Lynx R1. A modified variant, XR2+ Gen 1, is used in Quest Pro. XR2 Gen 1 was released in 2020, built on a 7nm process node. XR2 Gen 2 is built on a 4nm process node, bringing significant improvements in performance and power efficiency.

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Quest 3 is Meta’s First Headset with Customizable Color Options

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Meta Quest 3—already available for pre-order today starting at $500—is slated to arrive at doorsteps come October 10th. Like Quest 2, the company’s latest and greatest features an all-white design, but for the first time Meta is actually offering some color customization accessories that look to make this three-eyed headset even more flashy. There seems to be a pattern here: Quest (2019) was black.

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Watch Quest 3 Announcement At Meta Connect Live Here At 10:30AM Pacific

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Meta Connect 2023 starts today at 10.30am PT with Quest 3 reveals incoming. Here's how you can watch it. Beginning with a keynote speech from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, this year's two-day conference takes place across September 27-28 with a focus on Quest 3, mixed reality, VR, and AI. Featuring an in-person component that's invite-only at Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, California, you can watch the online stream for free via Facebook , IGN's livestream or inside Meta Horizon Worlds.

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Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and many are BORING. If you are trying to engage your learners (or any audience), compelling content is critical. But trying to create stimulating content with the same tools you’ve always had is hard, right? Thankfully, wrong! Terrific tools in PowerPoint along with visual assets help you create the kind of dynamic content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention, with functions that allow for interactive sequences and navigation.

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Hands-on: ‘Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR’ Has an Interesting Take on VR Parkour Mechanics

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Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR has been in the works seemingly for ages, but one major question has gone unanswered until now: just how does the game’s parkour work? If you’ve played pretty much any existing Assassin’s Creed game, you’ll know that doing parkour is largely a matter of holding down a button, then pointing in the direction you want to go.

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Xbox Cloud Gaming Comes To Quest 3 This December

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Meta confirmed that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud streaming will reach Quest 3 later this year. Last year's conference saw Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirm that the Xbox Game Pass library is coming to Quest through Xbox Cloud Gaming. Letting you stream flatscreen games from the cloud, your Quest headset creates a larger screen while playing games through an Xbox controller.

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Meta Says Quest 3 Will Get More Than 50 New Titles by the End of the Year

Road to VR

At Meta Connect 2023 today, among the avalanche of news we learned Quest 3 is shipping October 10th , accessories are raining from the sky, and there will be “another 50+ titles” coming by year’s end. Meta says over 100 new and upgraded titles are coming to Quest 3 by year’s end, with over half of them brand new. Many of those 100+ apps and games are getting some form of “MR features” too, Meta says, which ought to help fill out what so far seems to be a fairl

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Quest 3 'Augments' Are Persistent Digital Objects In Your Living Space, Coming Next Year

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Meta will introduce a series of spatially aware digital objects to your living space on Quest 3 post-launch. Revealed today during CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech at Meta Connect 2023 , Augments are mixed reality objects that you can place in your home environment and interact with. "Starting next year, we’ll also introduce augments: interactive, spatially aware digital objects that come to life all around you," Meta explains.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Razer is Releasing Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds for Quest 3

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Razer hasn’t exactly been all-in when it comes to making VR accessories, although there have been a few bits of VR kit over the years from the RGB-infused gaming hardware giant. This time around Razer says it’s releasing a Quest-branded model of its noise cancelling Hammerhead HyperSpeed earbuds. Announced alongside pre-orders for Quest 3 , the earbuds for Quest 3 and Quest 2 include a USB-C dongle for a low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection in addition to Buetooth 5.2 support.

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Hands-On With Sony's Adaptable Haptic VR Controller Prototype

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Sony researchers built prototype VR controllers that can adapt to different use cases, and I got to try them. The controllers explore two innovative ideas. First, they can dynamically adapt their center of mass in real time by shifting a weight internally. Second, you can use them separately or attach them together in various configurations to act as different kinds of objects.

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What are the Challenges to Upskilling the Global Workforce?

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Global workforces are expected to face immense headcount problems as companies shift to new skillsets and pay higher wages for newly trained workers. These efforts require companies to adopt innovative solutions to rapidly and continuously upskill workers across their employment journey. Many have begun turning to virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) solutions with low and no-code features to tackle the ongoing challenges.

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Quest 3 Won't Have Exclusive Games Until At Least 2024

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Meta Quest 3 won't launch with exclusive games but it may not be long before they appear. In the run-up to Connect 2023, UploadVR attended a pre-release event in London for both Quest 3 and the Ray-Bans Meta Smart Glasses Collection. During a group Q&A session with other publications, Meta was asked whether the upcoming headset would launch with any exclusive games unavailable for Quest 2 or Quest Pro.

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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development (L&D) become such a negative experience with its intended learners? Could it be because learners have been conditioned by very poor learning experiences over the past two decades, combined with the kinks of technological innovation? Or is it because learning has typically been designed as a one-size-fits-all solution, despite the fact that humans are not clones?

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#1300: Prolific Meta XR Producer Ryan Genji Thomas on VR Storytelling Innovations with Animation

Voices of VR

I interviewed Meta XR producer Ryan Genji Thomas at Venice Immersive 2023. See more context in the rough transcript below. This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon. Music: Fatality I interviewed Meta XR producer Ryan Genji Thomas at Venice Immersive 2023. See more context in the rough transcript below. This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

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Asgard's Wrath 2 Releases December 15 For Meta Quest Headsets

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Asgard's Wrath 2 will release on December 15 for Quest headsets, just in time for the holiday season. It's also included with all Quest 3 headsets until January. Asgard's Wrath 2 is Meta's big AAA bet on Quest gaming that comes with a promise of 60 hours of exploration. Developed by Meta-acquired studio Sanzaru Games, this sequel will pick up on where the PC VR original left off, tasking players with tracking down the Trickster God Loki.

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eMMC Destined to Live a Bit Longer: KIOXIA Releases New Generation of eMMC Modules

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While the tech industry as a whole is well in the middle of transitioning to UFS and NVMe storage for portable devices, it would seem that the sun won't be setting on eMMC quite yet. This week Kioxia has introduced a new generation of eMMC 5.1 modules, based around a newer generation of their 3D NAND and aimed at those final, low-budget devices that are still using the older storage technology.

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LEGO Bricktales VR Builds A Path To Quest 3 This December

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LEGO Bricktales is receiving a VR adaptation with mixed reality support, arriving this December on Quest. Developed by ClockStone and published by Thunderful, LEGO Bricktales was previously released on flatscreeen platforms and mobile last year. The premise sees you helping your grandfather restore his amusement park, traveling across different locations as you encounter characters needing assistance.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?